Texas A&M University-Kingsville

New Book From University Professor Examines India, Pakistan Nuclear Tensions

KINGSVILLE - September 30, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

For more than 20 years, Dr. Mario Carranza, professor of political science at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been following the rise of nuclear developments in South Asia.

Specifically, he has followed nuclear developments between India and Pakistan, two countries with a longstanding conflict regarding who oversees the region of Kashmir.

Carranza has taken that accumulated knowledge and put it into the new book, South Asian Security and International Nuclear Order: Creating a Robust Indo-Pakistani Nuclear Arms Control Regime, available through the website of its publisher, Ashgate Publishing, at www.ashgate.com. The book will serve as supplementary reading in the class taught by Carranza, “Nuclear Proliferation and U.S. Non-Proliferation Policies.”

He researched and began writing the book in fall 2008, while on faculty development leave as a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.  In many ways though, Carranza’s research started in 1987 with his doctoral dissertation, “Nuclear Proliferation and Regional Security in Latin America and South Asia.” Since then, he has regularly presented papers on nuclear proliferation in South Asia at professional conferences. 

Carranza has published a book chapter and eight articles in refereed academic journals on the Indo-Pakistani nuclear competition, the nuclear non-proliferation regime and U.S. non-proliferation policy toward South Asia.  During his stay at Brookings, he interviewed a number of South Asia specialists and non-proliferation experts and attended seminars and workshops on the subject of his book.

Nuclear proliferation is a global issue affecting all of us, and that progress toward global and regional nuclear arms control and disarmament are inextricably linked,” said Carranza. “The Indo-Pakistani nuclear competition may seem far away, but it has potentially catastrophic implications for American and global security.

“In the absence of progress toward the denuclearization of South Asia, advocated in the book, an Islamist fundamentalist regime in Pakistan would inherit its nuclear arsenal, creating the greatest threat the United States has so far faced in its war on terror.” 

Carranza holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and B.A.s in Sociology and Law from the University of Buenos Aires.

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